Our professional instructors are experts in the use of environmental software for practical hydrogeologic analysis and modeling. Waterloo Hydrogeologic integrates software development, consulting, and training, and offer the latest modeling technology and analysis techniques.

Our Instructors

Brayden McNeill
Brayden McNeillInstructor
Brayden McNeill is Waterloo Hydrogeologic’s in-house Training Specialist. He has his BASc, in Environmental Engineering and MSc in Earth Sciences, both from the University of Waterloo. His research focus was mine waste management, specifically the geochemistry of sulfide oxidation causing acid rock drainage. He is also interested in contaminant transport and novel subsurface remediation techniques. Brayden has been with the team at Waterloo Hydrogeologic since his graduation in 2016, and starts as Training Specialist in January 2018. Brayden leads our online training sessions, and manages our roster of expert consultants for advanced and international training opportunities. In his spare time, Brayden is an avid rock climber and likes to spend time with his dog, Opal.
Monica Gaertner
Monica GaertnerInstructor
Monica Gaertner, B.Sc. completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph and subsequently received a Post Diploma from Conestoga College in the Environmental Engineering Applications program. Monica has worked with many numerical modeling and data analysis applications (Visual MODFLOW, AquaChem, AquiferTest). She is also an on-site database and Hydro GeoAnalyst specialist and frequently works with clients at their job sites where she provides technology transfer and training services.
András Jakab
András JakabInstructor
András Jakab has been in the environmental remediation business since 1992, when he started his professional activity within Hungary’s largest environmental remediation project in Jászberény – Electrolux remediation project. He has since participated as a groundwater modeler and risk assessor in several projects in Hungary and Romania for clients representing industries such as pharmaceutical (EGIS, etc.), automotive (Daewoo, etc.), engine manufacturing (CG Electric, etc.), white products (Electrolux, Dometic, etc.), or municipalities and agricultural clients. Andras started his own environmental consultancy in 1997 and is the managing director. He has attended several international modeling training courses and is an instructor for Waterloo Hydrogeologic.
Nilson Guiguer
Nilson GuiguerInstructor
Dr. Guiguer is a specialist in the numerical modelling of groundwater. He is the author of several numerical modeling packages, including Visual MODFLOW, Flowpath, Flonet among others. He has a M.Sc. in Water Resources from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Guiguer has acted as a consultant in numerous projects in his career, involving mine dewatering, water resources, environmental impacts, and remediation. A recognized expert, he was a recipient of the NGWA’s John Helm Award for significant contribution to the groundwater science and has taught more than 100 professional courses during his career all around the world.
François Bertone
François BertoneInstructor
François Bertone is a freelance consultant in hydrogeology. He graduated from the French National School of Geology (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) in 1991. He dedicates his work to technical, professional, and direct personal services to the groundwater industry. He is very experienced in arid environments, in cold regions like northern Kazakhstan, or in hot arid regions like northern Mexico, Gujarat and Rajasthan states in India, Mauritania, Niger, Oman and Eritrea. In the last 20 years, François worked on the design and construction of hundreds of wells in more than 25 countries. He is a specialist in the evaluation of the groundwater resource availability as well as investment costs for groundwater abstraction. François Bertone graduated from the French National School of Geology (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) in 1991.
Jaime Gárfias
Jaime GárfiasInstructor
El Dr. Jaime Gárfias es Profesor del Centro Interamericano de Recursos del Agua (CIRA), organismo dependiente de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). El posee un Master y Doctorado en el Departamento de Ing. Civil de la Universidad Laval, Québec, Canadá. Es profesor-investigador y consultor en el área de hidrología, hidráulica, hidrología subterránea, contaminación y restauración de acuíferos y en general la teoría del transporte de contaminantes en medios porosos. El Prof. Gárfias maneja diversos proyectos en conjunto con la Universidad de Waterloo, Universidad de Laval y otras entidades europeas, y ha participado como instructor en diversos cursos de modelación matemática con Visual Modflow promocionados por Waterloo Hydrogeologic, desde el año 2008.